05. Some Family Secrets
Updated: Apr 19
I had been working on this blog for a while and it supposedly had over 36,000+ unique visitors, which is great if people are actually reading it. But, I wondered, unless people leave comments, how do I know if it is being read, or just glanced at and immediately flicked away to some item more appealing to public interest like hair restoration or an article on Angelina Jolie?
And right then, at the top of my wave, that old provider closed.
Now, thanks to the Corona virus, even Angelina's world has reduced in many ways. But now is not the time to close down; it's time to recharge. Time for a new look; some original posts, some new; different format, updated images. It's time for us all to challenge the old ideas that collectively brought us to the tragic state of our world today. To help that process, I'm going to 'set the cat among the pigeons' as they say, and make some comments that are bound to get you thinking.
An earlier reference was made to the ability of genetic science to prove that we are all genetically related.
This means that we all share common ancestors, by extrapolation can imagine one ancient African grandmother. Some call her Eve. Ethiopians claim as family a woman known as Dinquines, aka 'Lucy', whose complete fossilised bones, dating back 4 million years, helped to clarify the lines of our human evolution.
Maori call her Papatuanuku. Although Maori had no written language, they did have prodigious memories, and so even today many can recite their forebears back many many generations.
Knowledge of the past is even more the case with ancient tribes like the Jews, Arabs, and those of the early Persian dynasties.
An example of how this awareness lives in the present can be seen in a previous entry about the movement Women Wage Peace, where on their March for Peace a tent was named for Hagar and Sarah, wives of Abraham and scriptural mothers of Ishmael and Isaac, the half-brother patriarchs of both Muslims and Jews (Genesis 25:1).
But wait, there's more! This commonality was really foretold way back when our earliest books like the Bible and the Quran began, with a story of how one of these ancient ancestors, Abraham, was promised by God that he would become the Father of Nations.
Not only did his three sons go on to establish the great communities of Jews, Christians, Muslims and Baha'is that would eventually become established across the planet, but these are very active and influential even to the present day.
The impetus behind Women Waging Peace was not only an Israeli/Palestinian creation; rather, it was inspired by earlier women's movements in Northern Ireland and Liberia, where women of different faiths had also united to help resolve violent conflicts.
However, true to our ancient family roots, all has not been well within the family, and certain members have disowned others.
To be frank - and since you and I are family, I can trust this will go no further - some terrible things have been, and are being, done. Poor old Abraham must be turning in his grave. More about our 'family shame' to follow...
"Pride is not for him who loves his country, but for him who loves the [whole world]." - Abdu'l-Baha